PhD candidate, Research Associate, Editor
Book historian specialising in late medieval and early modern reading history and literature, and the connections between medieval and contemporary book production, publishing, and Digital Humanities.
PhD (Bristol), MA (King’s College London), BA (Bangor)
Currently in the writing-up year of a PhD titled Women and their Books: The Ownership and Readership of Arthurian Literature in Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century England at the University of Bristol, I’m also the Research Associate (until September 2016) on the two-year AHRC and British Library-funded project, The Academic Book of the Future.
I left a successful career in publishing in January 2013 to pursue my ambition of completing a PhD (I wrote a blog post about that experience here.) It was the best move I’ve ever made, and I wrote a blog post six months in to my PhD, and another one 18 months in too – read those to see why I love what I do. My thesis combines my interests in books, reading, women, fifteenth- and sixteenth- century England, and Arthurian literature. This blog is a natural extension of my medieval, early modern, digital, scholarly, and other interests – a place for me to explore further.
I recently I co-edited a volume titled The Academic Book of the Future (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) with my friend and colleague Dr Samantha Rayner (UCL), free to download in Open Access here: http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-1-137-59577-5 . We also have another volume on academic books and publishing, forthcoming in 2016 with UCL Press.
I enjoy running and charity fundraising, and ran the PlusNet Yorkshire Marathon in 2015 for the Alzheimer’s Society. I currently live in Wiltshire with my partner.
I hope you enjoy the blog, and do get in touch by leaving a comment or connecting with me on Twitter: @MedievalBex
All the best,